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Our Mission

The objective of WestREAP (Westland Rural Education Activities Programme Incorporated Society) is to identify gaps in the provision of education for rural communities for all ages, and develop strategies to fill those gaps, either through REAP programmes or in collaboration with others. 

WestREAP has been operating for 41 years providing educational pathways to local communities across the Westland and Grey districts, from Jackson Bay in the south, to Punakaiki in the north and east to Otira.​ WestREAP promotes community development, integrating education and the provision of information with activities in other sectors including health, social services, community organisations, Poutini Ngāi Tahu hapū and rūnanga and local government. WestREAP has recently supported the establishment of Te Hono o Ngā Waka, a kaupapa Māori social service agency for Te Tai o Poutini. WestREAP can act as an independent initiator and facilitator of community change.

Our Values


Nurturing relationships, looking after people and caring about others well-being with integrity


Connecting to those that are hard to reach geographically, socially and economically through learning opportunities


Creating a space of belonging and aroha for all those in our community


Supporting and enabling people to increase self-confidence by gaining new skills leading to greater autonomy


Adaptable and positive in meeting community needs

He tōtara wāhi rua, he kai nā te ahi!

If we are not united we will not achieve, there is strength in unity!

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Our People


Whare Iraia

Chief Executive

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Julia Lavers

Education Manager 

Team Leader Schools and Youth

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Margaret Silcock

Finance Administrator

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Lisa Barbour

Team Leader Early Childhood Education

Holly McHugh

Adult & Community Team Leader

Abbey Johansson

Youth Services Team Leader

Helen Reij

Driving Tutor

Kate Buckley

Creative Communities & Art4me Co-ordinator

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Lynda Halliday

Administration Support

Kathryn Wells

Customer Service 

Sarah Heney

Payroll Administrator

Rachel Kahl

Youth Services Facilitator & Administrator - Grey 

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Tracey Hutt

Early Learning Facilitator - Grey

Sally Richardson

Early Learning Facilitator - Westland

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Jo Bares 

SPACE Co-facilitator

Sue Pooley

Koru Club Supported Learner Programme Facilitator 

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Tracey Hutt

Early Learning Facilitator - Grey

Sally Richardson

Early Learning Facilitator - Westland

Sarah Heney

Payroll Administrator

Jo Bares

SPACE Co-Facilitator

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Holly Thorpe

WCDRS Information Consultant -  Westland/Greymouth

Nicayla Bryan

WCDRS Information Consultant 

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Cilla Raruve

WCDRS Information Consultant - Buller

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Krista Taylor

Early Learning Facilitator - South Westland 

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Hayley Smith 

Incredible Years facilitator

Kate Lambert 

Pipsqueaks Playgroup Facilitator 

Dayah Patten

Early Learning Facilitator - Haast

Abi Gully

Playgroup Co-ordinator - Cobden Playgroup

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Riria Wall

Nga Tipu Totara

Jackie Davidson

Youth Services Facilitator

Terry Beddek

Ngaa Toki Ako/Alternative Education facilitator

Tracey Wratt

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John Kennedy

IY alternative facilitator

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Jo McKay

 Ngaa Toki Ako 
Education Facilitator 

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Craig Langdon 


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Erica McFarlane

Koru Club support & Volunteer

Trish Roney 

Board Chair 

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